William Shakespeare – Famous Idioms We Use Today!

April 23 marks 400 years since the death of William Shakespeare. Incredibly, many idioms first used by him in plays such as Macbeth, The Taming of the Shrew, Hamlet, Othello, Henry the VIII, and Romeo and Juliet, such as these are still in common use today.


“All of a sudden”                                The Taming of the Shrew

“Foregone conclusion”                    Othello

“Knock, knock! Who’s there?”      Macbeth

“Wild goose chase”                           Romeo and Juliet

“The be-all and end-all”                 Macbeth

“Brevity is the soul of wit”             Hamlet

“Wild goose chase”                           Romeo and Juliet

“For goodness sake”                         Henry VIII

Just to name a few!



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